WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kerry will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) in the secretary of state's hometown of Boston, as the Asian nation's leader starts a weeklong U.S. visit Sunday.
Kerry will then travel to New York for talks on Monday between the top diplomats and defense officials of the U.S. and Japan, also involving Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Abe's visit is expected to focus on deepening defense and trade ties between the United States and its close ally, Japan. Abe is due to meet President Barack Obama and become the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of Congress.
On Monday, Kerry will also visit the United Nations to address a conference reviewing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.